Four people who plotted to bomb a New York City synagogue and shoot down military jets with Stinger missiles were arrested by U.S. agents, the U.S. Attorney’s office said in a statement today. Officials said the arrests came after a long-running undercover operation that began in Newburgh, N.Y.
Charges against the suspects, filed yesterday in federal court in New York, include conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction in the U.S. and conspiracy to use anti-aircraft missiles, according to the statement.
The four people planned to bomb a synagogue in the Riverdale section of the Bronx and shoot military planes located at the New York Air National Guard base in Newburgh, New York, prosecutors said. The suspects dealt with a law enforcement informant in their attempts to obtain weapons, according to the statement.
Rep. Peter King of New York, the senior Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee, was briefed on the case following the arrests. ”This was a long, well-planned investigation, and it shows how real the threat is from homegrown terrorists,” said King.